IN your January 20 issue it is stated that "the Vatican's five women arc not of the Suffragette type." May I, who was in the movement almost from the start in the early years of this century, point out that the great strength of the movement lay in the fact that it embraced all types of womanhood.
Among the famous leaders were the inspired reformers Mrs. Pankhurst, the deeply religious Mrs. Pethick Lawrence, the gentle and retiring Mrs. Tuke, the brilliant advocate Christabel Pankhurst, the millgirl Annie Kenney, the aristocrat Lady Constance Lython and the splendidly flamboyant show-woman Mrs. Drummond, to name only a few.
Further, the Vatican paid a signal tribute to the movement when Pope Pius XII awarded the medal Pro Eccleria et Pro Pontifice to the famous Catholic protagonist, the late Florence Barry, who for over 50 years was hon. secretary of St. Joan's Alliance (formerly the Catholic Woman's Suffrage Society) who had become an international figure.
I was present by invitation when the presentation was made. For the course of his speech the bishop, who was deputising for the then Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, said that colloquially speaking the Church sometimes backed the wrong horse. It appeared that this had been the case with the Woman's Movement, but by presenting the medal the Church was making an amende honourable.
B. Gadsby London, N.6.
IEST any of your readers , be deceived by the last item in your "This Week" column on January 27 1 wish to point out that St. Edmund's College has never had a rugger fixture with either Ampleforth or Stonyhurst M. Garvey, Master i/c Rugby Football St. Edmund's College, Ware.
Fr. Garvey's hand-off is unneces
sary. The paragraph at issue was intended as a joke. I have issued an edict to Mr. Mayhew that in future he may be tighthearted about anything except sport.—Editor.